This year, don’t hibernate because of cold-weather-related dull, dry skin. Add these editor-favorite clean beauty products into your routine to protect, prep, and treat your skin so it stays smooth and hydrated until spring. More importantly, a clean beauty routine with products like these with no harsh exfoliants or irritating ingredients is a good way to give your skin a break while you fend off the stress of the season.
All of these skincare products, from a cleansing balm to a facial steam to an exfoliating mask, are made with clean ingredients and retail for less $30. Cheers to that!
Alba probably isn’t the first green beauty brand to hop on the pimple patch bandwagon but from what I’ve tried, they doing it better than anyone. I shamelessly stick one of these patches on a growing or just-popped pimple overnight, and it draws fluids and oils out and away from the skin to help reduce inflammation. It’s a little gross, but in the best way, and its one of the only spot acne treatments I’ve tried that doesn’t leave a huge dry spot. Plus, it prevents me from touching or picking my skin.
One of Klei’s brand taglines is ‘Make every day like Sunday,’ and if that doesn’t describe my attitude when the cold weather arrives, I don’t know what does! But seriously, this brand understands truly clean, self-care. My favorite of their product lineup is this Spearmint and Lavender Calm Facial Steam, a blend of florals and herbs that opens and clears pores, moisturizes, relieves stress, reduces inflammation, and alleviate dry nasal passageways and sinus congestion. Cold and flu season, lookout.
I don’t know why, but the colder months are my favorite time of the year to exfoliate. Once or twice a week I reach for this purifying scrub/face mask made with ground adzuki, clay, and oat flower. It buffs away dead skin, unclogs pores, and calms my skin which makes for smoother skin and a more even makeup application.
My advice for anyone with sensitive, dry, or acne-prone skin in the fall/winter: double up on hydration. At night, I use heavy cream or oil to treat and rejuvenate my skin, and in the day, I use Honest’s Beauty’s award-wining hydrogel cram. This cream is cooling when you apply it, has two types of hyaluronic acid, and is light enough that it won’t clog your pores or make your skin look oily.
I keep a face spray in my bathroom and in my office just in case I feel dry and need to refresh my skin midday. I love this PF mist because it’s moisturizing (duh) but is also infused with nutrients from rosehip, marula, and jojoba oil. I can use to prep my skin, set my makeup, or just give my skin a nice glow without adding the weight of a cream or highlighter.
Maelove had been on my radar for a long time, but it wasn’t until I saw their Glow Maker serum described as the better dupe to a Skinceuticals $166 serum all over Reddit that I wanted to try it. I’ve never been consistent with my skincare routine, and this was one of the first skincare products I ever repurchased. I just notice such a difference in my skin when I do and don’t use this product. It adds just the right amount of glow to my combination skin without looking oily or feeling uncomfortable. Plus, I’ve noticed a long-term difference in the pigmentation of my acne scars. The pictures in this story I think really do it justice (I mean, my glow? Give me a break). Watch out for this in many editor empties to come!
This article was originally published on October 24, 2019.
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